Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This American born but British citizen was apparently fond of cats as he was to feature them, in several aspects, in other poetic works. It has to be said that some of his other works were pretty sombre. Who was the poet who wrote these lines?
"Jellicle Cats come out at night
Jellicle cats come one and all:
The Jellicle Moon is shining bright
Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball."
2. Now for some lines of sound advice (Oh dear, was that a pun!). Advice I think I should probably take to heart. But, do you know who the vertically challenged poet was who wrote these opening lines?
"A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring;"
3. More inspired advice came from the poet who wrote these opening lines.
But which poet, can you tell me?
"The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
Which well you may see at the Zoo;
But uglier yet is the hump we get
From having too little to do"
4. Some lines of poetry from childhood this time perhaps. Which poet gave us these opening lines of verse?
"Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands golden head.
Huish! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers"
5. These opening lines are from one of my all time favourites. I hope you like it too and can remember the poet who composed them?
"Is there anyone there?' said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;"
6. This poet and author wrote ripping yarns, horror fiction and travel books as well as poetry. These opening lines I have chosen for you to identify bring to life the excitement of the newly invented steam rail travel. As a member of a family of greatly respected engineers and inventors we should not be surprised that he so closely catches the evocation of the exciting and speedy train travel. So who was he?
"Faster than fairies, faster than witches
Bridges and house, hedges and ditches
And charging along like troops in a battle
All through the meadows the horses the cattle"
7. This poem of which these are the opening lines appeared in a fantasy novel though it was also published. It was and is a great favourite with children of all ages. The author and poet was a noted academic and university mathematics tutor. Can you tell me his pen name and not his real name please?
"Will you walk a little faster?'" said a whiting to a snail.
There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail"
8. So strongly is this author and poet associated with a 'Corner' in English Literature that it is sometimes forgotten that he penned many poems for children too.
There is a regal flavour to these opening lines of poetry. Can you tell me who the poet was?
"The King asked
The Queen, and
The Queen asked
'Could we have some butter for
The Royal slice of bread?'"
9. This particular author had many gifts including illustration, writing songs and poems. He has been especially identified with humorous lines of which these are an example. Can you identify this poet for me please?
"There was an Old Derry down Derry, who loved to see little folks merry;
So he made them a book, and with laughter they shook at the fun of that Derry down Derry."
10. This author survived severe literary criticism, political opposition at a cruel and dangerous time in British history, coped with domestic difficulties and personal affliction to produce some of the most memorable poetry in the English language.
I don't think I could ever be a friend of this man but I admire him greatly. Do you know who he was? He wrote these lines:
"They also serve who only stand and wait"
Source: Author bracklaman
This quiz was reviewed by FunTrivia editor Bruyere
before going online.
Any errors found in FunTrivia content are routinely corrected through our feedback system.